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Scythe and the CityA Social History of Death in Shanghai$
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Christian Henriot

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804797467

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804797467.001.0001

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Guilds, Charities, and the Community Management of Death

Guilds, Charities, and the Community Management of Death

(p.43) 2 Guilds, Charities, and the Community Management of Death
Scythe and the City

Christian Henriot

Stanford University Press

The second chapter examines the role of community organizations, especially the guilds and charities, in the management of death in the city. Up to the 1920s, before the emergence of commercial funeral companies, community organizations were the sole social actors that took care of the disposal of dead bodies. This chapter also studies the earlier forms of regulation by the imperial administration and the foreign municipal authorities.

Keywords:   guild, coffin, repository, cemetery, native-place association

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